Come to the Folk School and create a variation of the famous Adirondack Pack Basket!

Woven pack baskets have been used for carrying all sorts of items. Archaeologists have found evidence of Native American versions dating to 900 BC. Used extensively throughout the Adirondacks - hence it is most often referred to as the Adirondack pack basket. Pack baskets were used by 1st Peoples and continuing through to present day by and for campers, fishing, hiking, hunting, trapping - and carrying beach supplies including lunch. If it needed to be carried - it went in the basket. The Adirondack Pack Basket is one of the oldest surviving traditions inside the Adirondack Park.

You will use a continuous weave technique and hand shaping to create this wonderfully useful basket. Shaker tape will be used to create a sturdy strap that will leave your hands free for blueberry picking or any other type of gathering. It also makes a great container to keep your yarn when knitting socks. This basket will be woven using reed and Shaker tape. The approximate finished size is 10" - 12" tall (width may vary).

This is an advanced technique. Experience with basket weaving will be helpful in this class.

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